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There’s a certain magic that happens every Halloween. It’s the one time of year that we can be someone or something else for just for a few hours. We can live out our greatest fantasies – being a crime-fighting superhero or becoming an underdog on the rise. We can also attempt to face our fears: creepy clowns, malicious witches or the prospect of having to see another character from the Disney movie “Frozen.”

From nostalgic characters of the 20th century to heroes “in a galaxy far, far away,” here are 25 of the top trending Halloween costumes in 2017.

For the Nostalgic

Perhaps one of the most anticipated trends this Halloween is the return of some beloved, classic characters. It seems like everyone’s caught the nostalgic bug, giving new life and a fresh face to these 20th-century characters.

‘Hocus Pocus’

The Sanderson sisters are back and witch-ier than ever. Based on the 1993 Disney movie “Hocus Pocus,” this famous trio has seen a resurgence of popularity with the debut of the Halloween costume and decoration line.

This year, rock a Sanderson sister trio with your closest friends or family members.

Hocus Pocus Halloween Costume

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Bonus: There’s even a Billy Butcherson mask!

Hocus Pocus Halloween Costume

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More like baewatch, am I right? The hit television series of the late ’80s and ’90s received a reboot in 2017, with the likes of Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron (swoon).

Give a new meaning to throwback by rocking the “Baywatch” beach uniforms. You might want to check the weather, though. Depending on where you live, your outfit might say Malibu beach, but the cold October chill may say otherwise.

Baywatch halloween costumes

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  1. Men’s Baywatch Costume
  2. Women’s Baywatch Costume

‘Beauty and the Beast’

“Baywatch” wasn’t the only movie that hit the screens in 2017. One of the most treasured Disney movies of all time was revived from cartoon to real life, bringing back all your childhood feels. That’s right, we’re talking about Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

This “tale as old as time” spurred new costumes this Halloween season. If you’re looking for something more than a provincial costume, grab your favorite book and rock a Belle costume.

Beauty and the Beast Costume

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  1. Peasant Belle Dress
  2. Belle Ball Gown

Bonus Points for dressing up as the Beast!

Beauty and the Beast Costume

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For the Super Fans

If there’s one lesson we’ve learned from Halloween costumes, it’s that they’re largely based off of popular television series or top box office movies. Like we said earlier, Halloween is the one day you get to live through your favorite characters. This section is for super fans.

‘Game of Thrones’

“Halloween is coming.” (That’s the quote, right?) Dress your best as a Game of Thrones character. This medieval fantasy features the likes of kings, queens, knights and several mythological creatures.

Get ready to conquer your friend’s Halloween party by dressing as Jon Snow. Unleash your inner Queen of Dragons with a Daenerys Targaryen costume.

Game of Thrones costumes

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  1. Dragon Queen Costume
  2. Dark Northern King Costume

‘Stranger Things’

Things are about to get, well, stranger this Halloween as Netflix welcomes the series return of “Stranger Things” this October. No need to ask if you should stay or go this Halloween: You should definitely go out and rock this next costume.

Get ready to fight the Demogorgon in the Upside Down by dressing up as your favorite “Stranger Things” star: Eleven!

Stranger Things costume

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  1. Eleven Costume

For the Horror Junkies

For the thrill-seekers, Halloween is a time to face your fears and dress in scary clown costumes or spooky skeleton suits. If you’re looking to frighten your friends, consider dressing up as your favorite horror character.

Pennywise from ‘It’

Born from a ’90s reboot and based on Stephen King’s horror novel “It” is Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Personally, I don’t know anything that’s more unsettling that a killer clown, and King’s character sure fits the bill for all things Halloween.

“You’ll float, too” with this Pennywise costume, scaring everyone who encounters you this Halloween.

It Halloween costumes

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  1. Classic Pennywise Costume
  2. Pennywise Costume

Twisty the Clown from ‘American Horror Story’

What is it with clowns, people? This next one could give Pennywise a run for its money. (Get it?) Featured in the television series “American Horror Story,” enter the clown Twisty – a truly horrifying twist to a common circus clown.

If your goal is to give your friends a heart attack this Halloween, this costume is sure to do the trick.

American Horror Story costume

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  1. Twisty the Clown Costume

For the Heroes

Up, up and away to your nearest Halloween store after you see these next costumes. We all have an inner hero just waiting to be unleashed, and Halloween is the perfect time to dress as your favorite superhero.

Wonder Woman

This iconic heroine burst through the screens this year in her very own live-action thriller. Dodging bullets and running into battle, Wonder Woman has had an appeal with women young and old.

Unleash your inner Wonder Woman this Halloween by gearing up in her battle-ready outfit, re-mastered for the release of the new movie.

Wonder woman costume

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  1. Classic Wonder Woman Costume
  2. Wonder Woman Costume

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Known for its killer movie, sequel and rocking soundtrack, “Guardians of the Galaxy” won the hearts of audiences everywhere with a team of villains turned superheroes. The misunderstood team of heroes packed a punch on screen, and now you can do the same with your costume.

You can dress as Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket and even Groot. Grab a bunch of your closest friends and make a statement this Halloween.

Guardians of the Galaxy costumes

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  1. Gamora Costume
  2. Drax Mask
  3. Rocket Costume
  4. Groot Costume
  5. Star Lord Costume

Star Wars

It’s no secret that Star Wars is a timeless classic that’s favored during Halloween season. It has a perfect mixture of heroes and villains, underdogs and fantastical creatures. And, they’re still making new movies, so you’ll have a fresh selection of characters this year.

The force is strong with these 21st-century heroes, with the launch of the most recent movie, “The Force Awakens,” and the anticipation of the eighth episode, “The Last Jedi.” The famous franchise gave us new characters to love, such a Rey, a Jedi in training, and her partner-in-crime and bad-guy-gone-good, Finn.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens costumes

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  1. Rey Costume
  2. Finn Costume

Don’t forget about fighter pilot Poe Dameron!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens costumes

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Whatever theme you choose to run with this Halloween, remember that it’s a time for fun and fantasy. No matter your age, October 31 is the one day a year we get to live out a person or thing that either inspires or frightens us.

Don’t let your Halloween spirit stop at your front door! If you’re gearing up for a party this month, check out our list of 13 unique Halloween decorations that are sure to shake up any event.

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